The No. 22 Wisconsin Badgers are looking to build another winning streak after getting back in the win column following losses to two top dogs in the Big Ten. They have a chance to do just that this weekend against the Northwestern Wildcats, who are grasping at straws in conference play. The Badgers and the Wildcats are +7,500 and +200,000 to win the national title, respectively.
Betting Preview for the Wisconsin Badgers vs. Northwestern Wildcats College Basketball Game on February 23, 2019
Where: Welsh Ryan Arena, Evanston
When: Saturday, February 23, 2019, 9:30 PM ET
TV Broadcast: ESPN
Betting on the Wisconsin Badgers (18-8 Overall / 10-5 Conference)
The hardest back-to-back set of their conference play schedule is now behind Wisconsin, though, that resulted to defeats to the No. 7 Michigan Wolverines and to the No. 11 Michigan State Spartans. However, the Badgers rebounded and prevented a three-game losing skid by taking down the Illinois Fighting Illinis last Monday, 64-58. That win reminded people why the Badgers are capable of shutting opponents’ offenses down. The Fighting Illini shot just 37.5 percent from the field and got outrebounded, 40-33. Speaking of which, Wisconsin went buck wild on the offensive glass, as it grabbed 12 offensive rebounds. Northwestern has a pretty good idea of how it’s like to deal with Wisconsin’s defense, as the Wildcats went just 16-for-54 (29.6 percent) from the field in a 62-46 loss in Madison to the Badgers on Jan. 26.
The Badgers are 11-6 against the spread (ATS) this season in games after a win.
Betting on the Northwestern Wildcats (12-13 Overall / 3-11 Conference)
To say that the Wildcats are in shaky form would be a massive understatement. After losing to the Nebraska Cornhuskers on the road, 59-50, last Saturday, Northwestern has extended its losing skid to six games. The Wildcats are not getting help from their anemic offense that’s ranked last in the conference. They are only producing 67.0 points per game on a salty 40.9 field goal percentage. For the Wildcats to win or even come close to beating Wisconsin, they need their defense to click They are 22nd in the nation with just 64.5 points allowed per game. They are second best in defending against the deep ball in the Big Ten, with opponents converting just 30.3 percent of their 3-point attempts. That said, they allowed Wisconsin to go 9-for-19 from distance in the first meeting.
When playing from the comforts of Welsh Ryan Arena so far this season, Northwestern is 10-5 straight up (SU) and 8-7 ATS.
Wisconsin wins, 62-57.
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